The Bird in the Hand. By R. K. Cornwallis and A. E. Smith. British Trust for Ornithology, Oxford, i960. 69 pages. 4s. (Obtainable from the B.T.O., 2 King Edward Street, Oxford, at 4s. 6d. including postage.) At last the bird-ringer has available the type of guide for which he has been waiting. In my opinion this extremely reasonably priced booklet, published by the British Trust for Ornithology as Field Guide Number Six, will do as much to improve the standards of identification of the bird in the hand as the Field Guide has done to improve those in the field. The booklet is divided into four parts, the first of which is headed "Handling". This deals with methods of holding birds for ringing and examination, with ways of extracting them from cage traps and nets, with keeping and releasing trapped birds, with the treatment of sick and injured ones and with the disposal of dead ones. The second is concerned with ringing, and contains sections on how to use metal and plastic rings and on the bird-ringer's position in relation to the law. Besides dealing adequately with all these subjects, the authors warn against the possible pitfalls and give much advice on correct procedure. If such a code of safety and good behaviour is maintained and continued by bird-ringers, they can have nothing to fear from outside criticism. The third part contains valuable sections on the topography of a bird, the colours of plumage and soft parts, weighing, deparasitising, measuring,
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